In the spring of 2015, Harrisonville students took new state tests in Math and English Language Arts as part of the Missouri Assessment Program (MAP). The Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) is designed to measure how well students acquire the skills and knowledge described in the Missouri Learning Standards. They are designed to let teachers and parents know whether students are on track to be college and career ready when they graduate. The same style of tests will be used for the spring of 2016.
- Students will be asked to demonstrate they understand the basic concepts and can apply them in practical ways to solve problems.
- There will be more challenging questions on the Spring 2015 and 2016 MAP test, which align with the new Missouri Learning Standards. These state standards are aligned with the Harrisonville essential standards through the work of ongoing curriculum revision and development team meetings.
What can parents expect?
It is important to note the Spring 2015 and 2016 tests will be more challenging, and students will be asked to make real-world connections in their answers. With any new system, there is always a period of adjustment as teachers and students get used to the new standards and tests. Because of the new test and format, it is possible that fewer students will meet grade-level standards. It doesn't mean that students are doing worse, but that the tests are more demanding.
Who will be taking the tests?
Districts will administer online 3rd, 4th, 6th, and 7th grade English language arts and mathematics tests based on the Missouri Learning Standards. Online assessments will also be administered to students in 5th and 8th grade in English language arts and mathematics which include performance events. Students in the 5th and 8th grade will also be taking a science assessment.
How can parents help?
- Attend - make sure your child is in school and on time for testing dates.
- Rest - have your child get a good night's sleep.
- Good Nutrition - give your child a healthy breakfast to start the day.
How are we preparing our students?
Our staff has been working diligently to ensure that curriculum and standards are written, taught, and assessed at a high level to best prepare Harrisonville students for success. Additionally, the district implemented an online assessment program called Acuity in Kindergarten through eighth grade. This program enables our students to experience a computerized assessment at the end of each quarter. These assessments help students become familiar and comfortable with taking tests on the computer. Acuity also provides teachers and administrators with relevant data to gauge the quality of the district curriculum scope and sequence and assists in identifying students who may need additional academic assistance.
Please contact your child's teacher or building principal if you have questions about state testing.